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Twisters of Canberra!

By johnboy - 6 April 2009 48

[First filed: April 05, 2009 @ 09:16]

“Notbothered” has sent in these pictures with the following note:

    No story, just a pic of a whirlwind at one of the new subdivisions in Canberra, thought it was a cool pic!

    They happen fairly regularly, but haven’t seen one this big 🙂

I’ve asked for details about which subdivision it was and will let you know when I know.

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48 Responses to
Twisters of Canberra!
la mente torbida 12:38 pm 06 Apr 09



12 year old armed with photoshop – happy to be corrected

Kizzle 11:06 am 06 Apr 09


Gungahlin Al 9:36 am 06 Apr 09

Yeah we see a few of these around here. Amazing to watch them rip through building sites…

Got some pics of one a bit bigger than this about 2 years ago as Franklin was first being dozed, but not with the cool cloud on top. It ripped across Flemington Rd then through the display village, which was half built then.

We get some full-blown dust storms too that resemble a winter fog…worse with the sports grounds under construction now. First thing you do when you move in is put sealing strips and flaps on all external doors – and the one into your garage – garages get so dirty I’m going to buy some of what Rollador call “Embaseal” – strips across the top and sides of the garage rolladors to stop dirt, wind and fire embers coming in.

But in a couple more years we’ll have most of the bare dirt covered, and the buildings break the winds up a lot. Then Harrison will get a reprieve for a few years until Kenny starts.

Granny 12:56 am 06 Apr 09

Oh, Toto. There’s no place like home!

swamiOFswank 10:44 pm 05 Apr 09

Beam me up, Scotty!

canberra bureaucrat 9:11 pm 05 Apr 09

Looks a little bit ‘war of the worlds’. Or perhaps it is a UFO assisting with the sub-division.

Whatsup 8:26 pm 05 Apr 09

Nice pic, whatever you want to call the subject.

grunge_hippy 8:20 pm 05 Apr 09

i dont think anyone claimed it was a tornado. the op called it a whirlwind.

ant 8:18 pm 05 Apr 09

I saw one like this over the DFO area some months back, from the Ridgeway, but by teh time I’d pulled over and got camera out, it was falling apart. It is a willy-willy, but when those things collect you, you sure know about it.

Clown Killer 6:11 pm 05 Apr 09

Get you hand off it!

SheepGroper 5:48 pm 05 Apr 09

But it’s so much bigger than the average willy-willy, it should be called a dick-dick.

Clown Killer 5:14 pm 05 Apr 09

I don’t want to burst any bubbles but that there’s just a big willy-willy. Twisters (tornadoes) are a different thing altogether. That’s not to say that this isn’t an impressive example.

GardeningGirl 4:31 pm 05 Apr 09

I’ve seen an occasional one but probably never that big. Well done getting the pic.

TP 3000 12:53 pm 05 Apr 09

I’ve actually noticed quite a few of them out at Franklin during the last few years. I suspect it has to do with Kaleen, Giralang, Crace, Palmerston, Franklin & Harrison seem to be appearing as Canberra’s own tornado/severe storm.

astrojax 11:46 am 05 Apr 09

amazing i am first to comment – everyone out enjoying the interesting weather, then? or been sucked up by the bigger one that’s behind notbothered..!

fantastic image – looks like the sky pointing a finger and saying, ‘i’ll have that, and that…’

cheers! ; )

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